2021 International Booker shortlisted author Eric Vuillard's recommendations

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The Man Who Lived Underground

Richard Wright

19,98 € 18,58 €

Under police torture, a Black man confesses to a crime he didn’t commit. He manages to escape and ultimately finds refuge underground. For eighty years, this text has been bowdlerized, its descriptions of police violence amputated. And now that the original version has finally been restored, it unfortunately sounds as if it was written yesterday.

Assembly Line

Robert Linhart

22,50 €

Robert Linhart describes his experiences as an assembly line worker in a factory. For one year, he was what we might call “embedded”: an intellectual who chose to work among workers. He believed in the triumph of human equality and put his ideas into practice. His experience is worth remembering.

The Age of Innocence (The popular novel)

Edith Wharton

14,95 €

Edith Wharton was member of high society, which she describes intimately, from within, and unsparingly. She is a major writer and a precious witness.

Lady Sings the Blues

Billie Holiday

9,99 € 9,29 €

We might turn up our noses at this wonderful book, point out that it was co-authored, that Billie Holiday took liberties with the facts—no matter, such a blunt autobiography had to be read, telling of a world so distant from literary life, in which the second paragraph could have been written by nearly every Black American of her generation: “Mom was working as a maid with a white family.”

Hard Times: An Illustrated Oral History of the Great Depression

Studs Terkel

15,99 € 14,87 €

A book of interviews about the Great Depression that, reprising the title of one of Dickens’s masterpieces, manages to demonstrate that oral history is also history, and that realism in an interview stands shoulder to shoulder with the realism of the greatest novels.

A House and Its Head

Ivy Compton-Burnett

9,99 € 9,29 €

Ivy Compton-Burnett teaches us to beware of decency and of the masks that are thrust at us. When we transpose her ruthless family dramas onto the fabric of social life, it comes as a revelation. In her novels, class conflict and the war between the sexes are made manifest; her dialogues expose what is normally hidden and left unsaid. The corrosive irony of her books is a form of knowledge, forcing us to open our eyes.